Scanned images of the original census enumerator's books for Dorset, reproduced on 2 CDs for reading using Adobe Acrobat Reader (compatible with PC, Apple Mac and Unix). Please note: Censuses are organised by Registration Districts, which do not necessarily correspond with county boundaries. A set of census records for a Registration District may omit some places within a county, and/or include places from adjacent counties. The CDs contain the records of the Census Registration Districts.
The publishers are very proud of the superb quality of the scanned images. They've have worked from really excellent films copied from the first generation films at the PRO, and have then used the very best possible film scanner currently available to digitise the images at a high resolution. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader you can zoom in and in to read the pages. You really don't have to squint to read the pages. Zoom right in without noticeable loss of detail. That's because of the very high quality of the scanning. Print quality is excellent too! Even on a standard bubblejet printer you can be sure of superb results. You can print first class copies of any page for use in your family history documents.
Place and Street Indexes are included in the CD set. The indexes contain: Place (town or village), Street (for larger towns), Piece number, Folio. That makes it really easy to locate a place in the census enumerator's books so that you can begin your searches. In addition each place (and every 10 folio numbers) are book marked in the files on the CDs for fast navigation.
This is real primary data. Note that the CDs contain images of the actual pages of the census enumerators' books. Real original primary research data. (Not transcriptions in text format). What you see is the original hand written documents. That does involve you reading the pages rather than typing in a name and expecting the computer to find it. However, you will very quickly become used to the handwriting styles of the different enumerators, and it is easy to click through the pages at even low magnification to spot the people you are looking for. Reproduced by permission of the Public Record Office.
Registration Districts on CD 1 (RG9/1325-1347):
Shaftesbury, Sturminster, Blandford, Wimborne, Poole, Wareham
Registration Districts on CD 2 (RG9/1348-1369):
Weymouth, Dorchester, Sherborne, Beaminster, Bridport
Summary by Archive CD Books Ltd.